Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health, energy levels, and quality of life. I am not a morning person. So I will look for anything to help me get better quality sleep and get up quicker. I started getting a ton of ads for the Hatch Restore 2 alarm clock, and loved the idea, but was a little hesitant based on the cost. I pulled the trigger and bought it, and in this post, I’m sharing my honest review of the Hatch Restore 2 and whether or not I feel like the investment was worth it.
Hatch Restore 2 Review
The Hatch Restore 2 is an alarm clock that wakes you up gently with light and gentle sounds that support your natural circadian rhythm. There is gentle light to set a dreamy bedside mood, and soothing sounds to help you sleep.
My first impression was positive, I really love my Hatch Restore 2! Just keep in mind, that they advertise better sleep, and I certainly snooze less than I did before, but there is no quick fix to getting more or better sleep. That is a lifestyle change, so the clock alone won’t fix everything, but it certainly helps!
The Hatch App
Everything with Hatch runs through their app. So, you can set your alarm schedule, and choose your sounds, and light preferences for morning and night. It’s very intuitive and simple to navigate. The only issue is if your wifi goes out everything is connected through it. The app is updating and adding new things constantly, like Sleep Stories and Guided Rest.
Hatch+ is a hatch sleep membership that can help you customize your sleep routine through the app but is not required to access most of the features I talk about in this post I do not have the membership and still love the Hatch Restore 2! You can get many more sound options, sleep stories, and meditations through Hatch+ membership. A membership will cost you $49.99/ year or $4.99 monthly.
The biggest selling point for me with the Hatch Restore 2 is the amount of customization you can do with your settings. You can adjust everything to your liking and no two people will have the same wake-up, wind-down, or sleep routine. You can adjust everything from the sounds you choose to the light color and style to the duration of your sunrise or sleep noises to the volume and intensity of the light and sound. It’s all super easy to find in the app and simple to navigate and use.
Gentle Wake Up Sounds
There are so many morning wake-up sound options that come with the Hatch Restore 2. I like a gentle slow wake-up, so I choose Meditative Flute or Joyful Morning. There are so many options to choose from!
Light to Wake Up
I usually do choose a light to wake up to as well, but the light wakes up my dogs, who end up waking me up in a not-so-gentle manner, so I have been playing with the duration of the sunrise and intensity of the light to wake up to. I do love the different light options, I can pretend I’m waking up to a Malibu Sunrise, Conquering Fuji, or Morning in Prague!
One of my favorite features is sleep sounds in the evening. I love falling asleep to the ocean or a thunderstorm, but there are tons of options like pink, brown or white noise, different animals or ambiance, and even a dishwasher sound! This feature is my favorite because it helps me drown out the creaks and sounds from the HVAC or Kale and the dogs snoring (but you didn’t hear that from me).
Light to Unwind
You can also add light to unwind at night. You can set it to either manually turn off or set a time limit to turn it off automatically I find 20 minutes to be a good evening wind down, or I can set it to whenever I need to put my book down! Another awesome feature is you can set the light intensity from 0 to 100%.
Is Hatch Restore 2 Worth It
The Hatch Restore 2 is expensive, but is it worth it? Honestly, other things can do what Hatch does, some apps can wake you up with light, and there is no shortage of calming sounds to use. However, the Hatch has it down to a science and all-in-one stylish package. Another thing that I really love is how customizable everything is. I can choose a different light with every sound, and adjust not only the volume of the sound but the intensity of the light and duration of my “sunrise” in the morning as well as my wind-down light and sounds in the evening.
For me, the Hatch Restore 2 was definitely worth it. I’ve tried meditative and sleep apps and those that wake you up gently with light, and nothing really compares to Hatch. One thing I would say is if you are buying new, buy the Hatch Restore 2, but if you have the original, you may not need the updated version given the slight differences.
Is the Hatch+ Membership Worth it?
I use the Hatch Restore 2 strictly for sleep sounds and as an alarm clock, so for those basic uses, I don’t need the membership. However, I would like to explore more of the meditation features so I will report back if I try out the membership!
Difference Between Hatch Restore and Hatch Restore 2
The Hatch Restore 2 has an updated design from the Hatch Restore. it is linen and comes in three color options. I chose, putty because it matched my bedding and style best (see more in my Parachute Bedding Review). The Restore 2 offers soft diffused light and larger tactile rise and rest buttons that have been reworked from the original Hatch Restore. A new functionality for the Hatch Restore 2 is the alarm toggle to help manage your scheduled alarms, and the volume buttons are no longer tactile, though I’ve found functionality to be quite simple to use and responsive, though less inclusive.
The Hatch Restore 2 now offers new sounds from its 3 speakers. There are 10 new sunrise alarm sounds, 21 new sleep sounds, updated light and sound pairings, and ‘Morning Moments’ so you can wake up to a meditation or exercise. All of these features help you fall asleep faster, sleep better, and practice consistent morning rise routines.